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The reason for Grealish’s absence as Mitrovic is recalled for Villa v Fulham

Having returned to full training over the March international break, Jack Grealish (£7.5m) was expected to make a playing comeback for Aston Villa’s clash with Fulham this afternoon.

The Villa talisman is absent from the hosts’ matchday squad, however, with Dean Smith reporting that the England international pulled up in training on Saturday.

The Villa boss said:

He’s trained this week and was looking really good but he had some discomfort yesterday and pulled out after 10 minutes in training. We erred on the side of caution as we must do. He was all up for playing [until then].

The hosts will be looking to improve on their sub-per record without Grealish: they have scored on just three occasions in the six matches he has missed.

Smith makes one change to the side that started the 2-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last time out.

Anwar El Ghazi (£5.3m) comes in for Trezeguet (£5.2m) in the Villa head coach’s only tweak to his starting XI.

Scott Parker has made four alterations to the side that started the Cottagers’ defeat to Leeds United a fortnight ago.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (£5.5m) is the most notable name among the quartet of returnees, with Josh Maja (£5.5m) dropping to the bench.

Parker said of the Serb’s recall:

His form for his country has played a big part. The last game in terms of selection [in Gameweek 29], it was nip and tuck, really, he came off the back of very good work, training-wise. Well deserves his chance.

Bobby Decordova-Reid (£5.3m), Kenny Tete (£4.3m) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.9m) are also additions to the line-up, with Antonee Robinson (£4.4m), Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.3m) and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (£4.5m) dropping to the bench.


Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Sanson, Traore, Watkins, El Ghazi

Fulham XI: Areola, Tete, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Aina, Reed, Lemina, Reid, Loftus-Cheek, Lookman, Mitrovic.

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710 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Tango74
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Come on fulham

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Don’t worry everyone

      Grealish is back on the grass and finally pain free

      Expected back late 2023

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        He didn't specify the year or the division when he said Grealish would be back for Fulham

      2. Vazza
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Haha!!

      3. Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Smith is a liar

    • Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Poor Grealish :/

    • Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      What are you doing with Bale? Rage transfer out, for Jota?

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Bale is done for. Get rid now

      2. JBG
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Yes or Salah, wait and see what happens in CL.

      3. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Waiting but will get rid for jota

        1. Tango74
            2 months, 17 days ago

            I wonder if jota will rise again tonight ?

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              He'll rise 3 times

        2. Daniel Jebbison
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          I am considering selling for a hit for Jota, but should have do it this week, next week it might not work

      4. dshv
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        WC.. no any other chips left.
        Opinions ,

        Mendy (button)
        taa dallas rudiger coady mitchell
        Salah jota son bruno lingard
        Kane iheanacho brewster..

        0.7 itb where to spend ??

        1. Ragabolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Get rid of Dallas

        2. Tango74
            2 months, 17 days ago

            No city?

        3. JBG
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          #mufc's starting XI to face Brighton: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Pogba, Bruno Fernandes; Rashford, Cavani, Greenwood #mulive [men]

          Already leaked.

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Nothing out of the ordinary

            1. JBG
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              No McFred mid is good to see though.

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Henderson interesting.

            Also be interesting to see Pogba and Bruno combo and what effect it has.

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Think DDG is still away in Spain isn’t he

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Nope both there and fit

                Said both would feature so perhaps DDG is now the cup keeper.

          3. Daniel Jebbison
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Hendo is good for Jota

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              For Shaw

        4. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Actually had hope for Watkins points this week, very silly

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Didn’t know it was full time already...

        5. GE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Cancelo, Gundo, Bale and Son...great!

        6. Oggle22
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Only Martinez and Konsa can save my game week

        7. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Need Fulham's masterclass here.

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            0-0

            1. Tango74
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Fulham to win ,make relegation more interesting

          2. lordkippe
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            45 with Bruno, AWB and DCL left is underwhelming. If Fulham manager to score I think i still can get a small green

            1. JBG
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              19 with 6 players left.. Bruno C.

            2. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              It's good for this GW.

            3. JBG
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Avg in top10k is 36 or something like that, so you're good for now.

            4. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Yawn

            5. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Disgusting subtle brag

          3. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Konsa to azpi already been a trash move but a villa CS would rub salt in the wound

            1. Stand By Mee
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Got Azpi and benched Targett 🙁

          4. Better luck next year
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Decent WC team or any room for improvement?

            Ederson Forster
            TAA Dias Shaw Rudiger Coady
            Salah Jota Bruno Gundo Burke
            Kane Antonio Iheanacho

            1. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              No keeper in 33.. Also no Kane Gundo Dias

              1. Better luck next year
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Got FH left for either 32 or 33

                1. Whazza
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  All good then 🙂

            2. dunas_dog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              No Son with Spurs double in 32 is a concern

              1. Better luck next year
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 17 days ago

                True. Considering using FH in 32 instead of 33 though. Teams needs a bit more planning.

          5. Jordan.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            mr oliver shitkins,this is your destiny..

            1. hueycho
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              U mean oliver offkins

          6. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            I already used my two free transfers just now.

            Pereira (Lei) OUT - Phillips IN
            Bale OUT - Salah IN

            I feel like two fantasy football weights have been lifted off my shoulders.

            I am now having an eye on relegation battlers Fulham and West Brom.
            Mitrovic and Pereira look like good value.

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Wilson could be where it's at if you wait a week or so

              1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 12 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Oh yeah forgot all about him.

                I will have to make a list of all these forgotten players Wilson, Jimenez etc. They will be next seasons bargains.

            2. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              If you Google 'Feast or famine' Matheus Pereira's wiki page pops up.

              1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 12 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Good point I looked at Pereira's points

                Double digit gw2
                Nothing fpl wise gw4-14.
                Red Card gw11
                Massive score double gw19 - 9 plus 15 points
                Double digit gw21
                Nothing until gw 30 v Chelsea when he got another massive score.

            3. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Have to be joking about Mitrovic... last time he started a league game was about 3 months ago

              1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 12 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Nope he was great for Serbia in the lack few games. Seemed to have his spark back. Parker said the Serbia form meant he started again.

          7. Stand By Mee
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            I played Bale and have Watkins on the bench 🙁

            Expect at least a braceniw

            1. Jack Burton
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Same ffs

            2. gonzalocampos
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Don't worry, Watkins is really bad = 2 points.

            3. dunas_dog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Same with Lingard first on bench!

            4. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Please. It’s Watkins. The man is a fraud.

          8. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            No benching a single point this week 😎

          9. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            In the topsyturvyness of the '20/'21 Premier League what odds on West Brom making another great escape?

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 17 days ago

              I thought ‘ok’ but then you look at the table

              Great result yesterday but I just can’t see them getting out

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Fixtures in next 4 or so not terrible. Win a couple of those and there's nothing in it really. 34 points can be enough some seasons.

              2. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                They had 3 weeks to work on their attacking game. Had lots of luck with Chelsea tired after IB Silva red and an eye on CL, but they look a different animal to a few weeks ago and fixtures could be worse.

            2. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              One more win against the head and it gets interesting.

          10. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Owning Bale is painful

            1. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Yes, never again ... honeytrap ... banished on WC and hope to never hear of him again.

          11. sunzip14
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Going to be a painful 90 minute watch with Martinez, Konsa and Targett in the team. Prefer to lose the CS early rather than after seeing the CS points added on my score and vanishing again.

            1. Mika-eel
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Just came across your comment. So sorry pal.

          12. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            So I’m thinking of going quite maverick towards the season close and targeting teams with something to play for.
            So thinking of buying Pereira back, or is that just points chasing?

            1. sunzip14
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Tell me before selling him again. I will buy him then 😉

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Haha that won’t happen ever again I’m hoping. At least with players like Salah etc you kind of expect the risk.

                My jaw hit the floor yesterday when I casually checked the halftime score

            2. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              R or M?

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                M

                1. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  I had him twice and both times he did well just after I sold him. Might have been chatting to you about him round the first DGW time? Just stuck him in there on WC but more likely to put him out before Friday. West Brom are built around him, he's on setpieces and their attacking game has improved. Not sure their fixtures are that bad at all.

            3. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Fixtures are horrid for my liking

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                That’s the thing, they seem to do better in the tougher fixtures!

            4. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Wilson is the one with pedigree

              Newcastle weren't second best today really. Can easily see him scoring a few. Best ppg of any budget striker

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Nice shout, when is he back

          13. Please Answer Me
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            A) sell Bale
            B) keep him and get 1 point

            1. gonzalocampos
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              A

          14. mgilbert86
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Bale to Salah or De Bruyne?

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Jota

              1. mgilbert86
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Already have jota

                1. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Salah.

            2. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Jota.

          15. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Bale owners you know we’ll sell him for salah or jota who will then be benched after cl and come on for a 1 pointer before bale hauls in the dgw

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Yeah. It's written in the stars. I am considering being patient till Friday

              1. Tango74
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Probs same but annoying he go up by 0.3.

                  I not playing WC this week

              2. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Bale will be twice as bad in a DGW if Jose even plays him. A man coming to the end of his career should be ripping it up in training and using Kane as an influence in the attitude stakes to guarantee starts every game and showing the world his box of tricks. Sadly he doesn't seem bothered enough.

            2. Forever In Our Shadow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Spursy Spurs.

            3. son of city
                2 months, 17 days ago

                golds are found at the relegation zone cave not at the top.

                1. Duke Silver ☑
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Interesting philosophy.

                2. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Both. Plus players on the fringes if their international squads bursting themselves to play in the Euros.

              • Daniel Jebbison
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Bale and Cancelo out for a hit to TAA and Jota ?

                I know I might be 1 week too late but is it worth doing it ?

                Will Bale get some minutes in the double?

                1. pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Can't see Mou changing the pattern

                  It's Spurs defence that is so awful. Add Bale in and it gets worse with less protection down the flanks in Mou terms.

                2. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  He might but recent gametime and for doesn't point to a good outcome for him.

                  2 players with questionable gametime for two in good form, TAA looking to impress Southgate, a fresh hungry Jota cementing his Portugal spot. Wait until Friday.

                  1. Forever In Our Shadow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    I like this. Made me think of it differently that Southgate dropping him was the kick in the butt Trent needed.

              • dshv
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                On WC

                1. Keep just dias
                2. No city needed

                1. Catastrophe
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  1

                2. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Keep him but have decent defenders on bench because he'll probably be rotated for a few games.

              • Catastrophe
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Does that count as a Martinez save? 😉

                1. Duke Silver ☑
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Pope might get a save for that but not Emi 😉

              • squ1rrel
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                My ML rival doubled up on Chelsea defense and the unluckiest week I've seen...

                Now it comes down to martinez + cresswell + lingard + fernandes + konsa + calvert-lewin vs. 3 pts + shaw, who wins 😛

                1. Forever In Our Shadow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  I would chuckle if Shaw gets an 18 pointer.